Operators: Business is tough, 'touch and go'

Restaurateurs storm Capitol Hill during NRA Public Affairs Conference to discuss health care reform, job creation

As nearly 500 restaurateurs and industry association officials gathered in Washington, D.C., to kick off the National Restaurant Association’s annual Public Affairs Conference, participants voiced anxieties about the powerful political and economic forces weighing down on the industry.

Cheryl Bachelder, president of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen and chief executive of parent company AFC Enterprises Inc., worried that franchisee creativity and entrepreneurship would be stifled under t

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